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Cicero firefighters donate used gear to fire department in Mexico

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 8:17 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 6:23 p.m. CDT
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More than 100 pieces of firefighting equipment recently replaced by the town of Cicero will soon be back in service with a Mexican fire department.
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President Jose Pastor Martinez Torres (right) of Juanacatlán, Jalisco, Mexico; accepted a load of used freighting equipment from the Cicero Fire Department. Joining him (from left) are Cicero Fire Chief Ron Opalecky and Town President Larry Dominick

CICERO – The Cicero Fire Department upgraded a lot of its gear this past year, but that isn't to say the old stuff was ready to be retired.

Instead, the gear will get a second life with firefighters in Juanacatlán, Mexico.

The equipment being donated includes fire safety jackets, oxygen masks, helmets and other equipment that the Cicero Fire Department replaced in an upgrade earlier this year.

The Town Board approved an ordinance in August that allowed for the donation of the equipment once it was replaced by new equipment purchased by the town of Cicero.

Through an interpreter, Juanacatlán President Martinez Torres said he was grateful for the donation of the equipment when he met with Village President Larry Dominick, Fire Marshal Ron Opalecky and Alderman Rafael Moreno Soriano on Nov. 21.

Juanacatlán, a town of 20,000, is located in the central eastern part of the state of Jalisco. Torres traveled to Chicago to attend the 10th annual Club Pro Juanacatlan Dinner Dance on Nov. 23. The event was held to collect funds to benefit various institutions of the municipality.

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